In Brazil’s inland Sertao, a North-Eastern territory that is distinctly harsh, parched, and rife with thorny caatinga bushes, lives a type of cowboy whose characteristics directly mirror his challenging surroundings: the Vaqueiro. In spite of his taciturn disposition and sinewy appearance, when action is needed, he is intense and intrepid. Vaqueiros are humble and often very poor, but they are also gracious and hospitable, sharing what food and shelter they had with me. Their way of life is rapidly changing, and their natural habitat is shifting with the encroachment of civilization.
© Luis Fabini